16 basic graphic design books I recommend

Serj asked me in a mail if I could list some books about graphic design theory. The amount of books on the market is astounding these days and I understand that surfing through the internet, with its wast resources, tutorials and inspirational site,  its good to have the foundation to build on. Most of the theoretical stuff is normally taught in design schools and most of the books I will recommend are used in this context.

The list

Many are not fancy or new, but the principles of graphic design still apply (just think about the bible printed by Gutenberg, is still considered one of the best justified text layout on the world). So lets get to the list – just a last word, I only recommend books I own or have read, so this list its genuine.


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3 Responses to “16 basic graphic design books I recommend”

  1. Thanks for posting this list! I’m always looking for new books to learn, read, or get inspired from. Awesome to see that you have the book from Stefan Sagmeister! One of my favorite designers.

    Thanks again! I may even compile a list of my own now! Great stuff!

    • derfrankie says:

      Sagmeister is pretty cool – I’ve met him once, as he had a firm with one of my earlier bosses and he really lives graphic design. Ruedi Baur on the other hand is in my opinion even better – really far out especially when you think that he does corporate design, which many think is boring and simple.

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